THE sixteenth report of the Select Committee on National Expenditure, in a section dealing with the recruitment of the Civil Service, includes some account of the Appointments Department of the Ministry of Labour and National Service, created on March 1, 1942, in which the old Central and Supplementary Registers have been merged, which should be of interest to scientific workers. As a recruiting agency the Ministry's organization now also includes the Temporary Government Service Registers and the Central Register of Aliens, and in regard to the latter, the report recommends that a much more vigorous attempt should be made to keep the Central Register up to date and to find suitable employment for the persons whose names it contains. Reviewing the operation of the Central (Scientific and Technical) Register, the report comments on the relatively slight use made of this Register by industrial firms as compared with Government departments. In regard to engineering appointments, the Committee recommends that academic qualifications should not be allowed to overshadow the less easily assessable but great practical value of men who have graduated through the workshops to management level. It is also recommended that to meet the shortage of persons of managerial capacity, the Ministry of Labour should make a careful search for persons who might be up-graded above the level of their present employment.